Taryn Crouse, CVT

Certified Veterinary Technician

Taryn grew up in Flagstaff, AZ. She always knew she wanted to work with animals, and has an avid interest in veterinary medicine and animal behavior. She moved around a lot after high school, finally making a home in Tucson, where she met her husband, Micheal.

 

Taryn is a graduate of Pima Community College's CVT Program and continues to volunteer with the students there.  She loves to spend her time reading, watching crime shows, and singing and dancing like nobody’s watching!

Taryn is especially gifted at easing stressed or scared pets and making even the most nervous animal calm and relaxed while at the clinic.

Michelle Watt, CVT

Certified Veterinary Technician 

Michelle was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. She graduated high school and went straight into college to follow her passion. She graduated from Pima Community College with an Associates of Applied Science - Veterinary Technology degree.

Michelle's passion for animals has only increased since she has been with Jackpot and she has a special passion for small animal dentistry. She is also active in education, volunteering and working with Pima's program often.

Michelle has several pets, including 2 dogs 2 cats and a 2000 gallon pond full of fish. Her hobbies consists of photography, nature and history exploration, and playing games. 

Sherry Derr

Boarding Manager

Sherry has lived in Tucson and Philadelphia and has been with Jackpot since 2018.

 

In Philadelphia Sherry worked as both a stable hand and a carriage driver.  Sherry moved to Arizona in 2016. She went to Pima Medical Institute and received her Veterinary Assistant Certification in 2017. 


Sherry and her husband Joe love to fish with their sons Joey and Jaxxson. Both boys are regulars at the clinic, so be sure to say hello!


Sherry has excelled as a boarding specialist and eagerly awaits caring for your pets while you are away!

Briana Fraley

Mixed Animal Technician

Briana was born and raised in Tucson and loves the southwest desert. Her passion has always been for animals, particularly for small ruminants and livestock. Briana has a background in Nigerian dwarf and La Mancha goat breeding and rearing, as well as horses including managing local boarding facilities. 

 

Briana discovered her passion for medicine early on and enrolled in PMI’s vet tech program. She completed the rigorous course in 2019 and is in the process of completing her certification to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. 

 

In her spare time, Briana enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and camping and FISHING! Briana also enjoys “Dad” jokes and hanging with her polydactyl kitty Bartholomew.

Katie Porter

Customer Service

Katie is one of our fantastic receptionists and customer service experts! She will be taking your calls on a daily basis. She looks forward to meeting and hearing from each and everyone of you. 


Katie is a Tucson native.  She loves all animals especially cats, dogs and horses.  Katie grew up participating in 4H where she showed Pygmy goats.
Katie’s career did not start in the animal field. 


She graduated from Amphi High and the went to Pima Community College for her Dental Assistant certification.


Katie has been in the veterinarian field for over 7 years and absolutely loves it. She has lived in Alaska and Hawaii and enjoys traveling with her husband and their two small dogs Lola and Howley. In her free time she enjoys going to the lake, camping, fishing and exploring the outdoors. 

Cassandra Miller

Customer Service

Cassandra began working with the Jackpot family for the past 5 months, with 13 years of experience.

 

She has worked also in the human medical field in the past. She has lived in Tucson since 2005, originally from Tumacacori.

 

Missing the mountain scenery, her and her husband found their home sweet home of their own away from the city. The plan was to adopt some horses but in 2018, they expected their first child, an adventurous baby boy! Couldn’t be any happier, truly blessed.

 

They also live with their 2 dogs, Ginger the tail wagging licking Pittie Mix and Wrangler the water loving Labrador Retriever.

 

Within her spare time, Cassandra loves being a mom, singing, create projects, enjoys anything that has to do with the outdoors especially snowboarding and 4x4 rock crawling. Cassandra has a twin sister Sabrina, who also has the love for animals, she is a veterinary technician.

Brittany Aranda 

Equine Technician

Brittany grew up in Sierra Vista, and graduated from Buena High School. She moved to Tucson to attend Pima Community College on a Cross Country Scholarship. On her days off she enjoys spending time with her Husband, their surrogate son/dog Maverick, and their three horses. In 2015 she Graduated from Pima Medical Institute with a certification as a Veterinary Assistant. Brittany brings a variety of skills with her to the Jackpot team, and looks forward to perfecting her equine technician skills. 

Taylor Kersey

Equine Technician

Taylor is one of our fantastic large animal technicians with a special interest in equine rehabilitation! She has been with Jackpot since Spring of 2018.

 

Taylor was born in Oregon, where she was raised to love horses and rodeo early on. In 2013 she moved to Arizona where she attended Central Arizona College and competed on the rodeo team in the Grand Canyon Region. She graduated with her degree in Agriculture Business, but quickly grew to love veterinary medicine after moving back to Oregon where she worked  alongside the veterinarian that she grew up watching work on her horses. It wasn’t long after that, the cold and rainy weather pushed her to move back to Arizona full time in 2018 and continue to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. 

 

In her spare time, Taylor enjoys drinking Margaritas with her fellow Jackpot employee Brittany, Roping with her wonderful neighbors and riding her growing herd of bays and greys.

Jacob Runyan

Technician

Jacob was born and raised in Tucson and joined the Jackpot family in 2019. He balances many facets working at Jackpot as a boarding tech and a small animal technician. If you thought that Jacob’s job wasn’t hard enough, he also balances the estrogen, being Jackpot’s token male.

 

Jacob completed a rigorous program for vet assisting through Vail School District. Part of the program was an internship that brought him to Jackpot. Jacob now attends Pima Community College and is interested in pursuing a career in nursing.

 

In addition to caring for pets Jacob loves the musical talents of TLC. 

Amanda Willits

Veterinary Technician

Amanda was born and raised in Tucson. She studied Applied Sciences in biology at Pima Community College where she also received her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts.
Amanda began practicing veterinarian medicine as a kennel technician in 2009. 
She moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 2012. She was working as a Veterinary Assistant at a General Practice and Emergency Clinic.
In 2014 Amanda moved back to Tucson where she married her amazing husband Mike. During this time Amanda also started working at the Veterinary Speciality Center of Tucson (VSCOT) as a Veterinary Assistant. She honed her skills in Emergency Management of small animals at VSCOT. A skill that she utilizes everyday in our clinic.
In her free time Amanda enjoys spending quality time with her husband Mike, son Matthew and their brand new baby Maddison. Their family enjoys cooking together, arts and crafts days and movie nights!!! Amanda is also an active Committee Member of Matthew’s Cub Scout Pack which she enjoys very much. 
We are so lucky to have her as a team member!💕

Hannah Capara

Technician

Hannah has been around horses and riding them before she could walk and horses have always given her a sense of peace. Ever since she was little she knew she wanted to work with animals. 

 

That led Hannah to finding the JTED program where she graduated from vet assisting school and took my NAVTA exam. She graduated high school and vet assisting school the same year. She was also in FFA while in the JTED vet science program and her team won 1st place at the state competition. 

 

Currently, Hannah is pursuing higher education at Pima Community College, with intention to transfer to the University of Arizona. She feels fortunate to have the amazing opportunity to work with the veterinarians she grew up with while going to school. 

 

In her spare time Hannah loves spending time with her pets. She has a dog, Korra, who love going on hikes. Hannah also has two horses, Cheif and Maverick. Finally, she loves raising all 30 of her goofy chickens.

 

Sara Eastin

Veterinary Technician

Sara was born and raised in the heart of the Midwest in Brownsburg, Indiana. She moved to Tucson about two years ago and attended Pima Medical Institute to pursue a career that she always had a passion for; Veterinary nursing. She completed her externship at Jackpot and graduated from Veterinary Technician Program in January 2020.

In her spare time, Sara enjoys the picturesque views while hiking on Mt. Lemmon with her boyfriend Eric and spunky pup Pickle. She also has a great time wowing the local bar scene with her mad karaoke skills. Sara also has pride and dedication for her sports teams, which include the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, Notre Dame college football, and the NBA’s Indiana Pacers.